PHILADELPHIA, PA -- For each home run hit by a Phillies player, a tree is planted in locations such as parks, urban neighborhoods, and watershed areas. Wednesday morning, the Phillie Phanatic helped unload hundreds of trees from a truck in the Navy Yard. The trees will be planted as part of the "Phillies Home Runs for Trees" campaign.
Since the Home Runs for Trees program presented by Philadelphia Gas Works began five years ago, over 700 trees – tagged with the names of Phillies players - have been planted in the surrounding areas.
The Phillies’ participation in this tree-planting effort is part of the award-winning “Red Goes Green” program, which emphasizes the Phillies’ leading role in environmental responsibility. The initiative is in support of PHS’ Plant One Million, the largest multi-state tree campaign in the nation, with a goal to restore the tree canopy cover—the area of land shaded by trees—in the Greater Philadelphia Region to 30 percent.
Pennsylvania Horticulture Society's President, Matt Rader, told PHL17, "There's also an additional 800 or so trees that are going in the ground on top of that. So the Phillies, PGW, as well as all of the volunteers in neighborhoods across the city and region are partners in making this happen...Trees help clean the air, they help make the neighborhood more beautiful, and for every tree that will go in the ground from here, the volunteer tree vendors who are in that community have done out reach to the homeowners and have gotten permission, selected the right species for that environment, cut the pit, and they are ready to go. So they should be greeted with a warm welcome when they get where they're going."